Prince Fielder was booed when he stepped into the batter's box at Dodge Stadium on Wednesday, a night after he scurried through the labrynth that took him from the Brewers' clubhouse to the Dodgers'.
I have no problem with the booing. It is every fan's right to be vocal. What I do have a problem with is suddenly, Guillermo Mota is the victim in this whole episode that saw the Dodgers' reliever drill Fielder in the thigh with a fastball with two out in the ninth inning of a 17-4 game.
This was a planned plunking following the Brewers hitting Manny Ramirez and grazing Juan Pierre, neither with a purpose. Why else would the Dodgers have a reliever warming up in the bullpen? Mota was the executioner of a plan hatched in the clubhouse or dugout. By who? Ramirez? Joe Torre? Russell Martin?
Only those who wear a uniform really know and that is the problem I have with what will happen next. Baseball will levy penalties against Mota and Fielder. Last week, Rays starter Matt Garza admitted he drilled Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira, but he has yet to be punished and likely won't be.
The Brewers-Dodgers dustup should not result in suspensions. If you want to hit Fielder's wallet for storming to the gates of the clubhouse, fine. If he is suspended, it is a crime.
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Written by Steve Drumwright